Aylesbury 1 Fleet Town 1

The Fleet faithful made this long trip up to Aylesbury for the rearranged clash on a cold Tuesday night and in the end were warmly rewarded with another valuable away point. As the teams came out, the first snowflakes began to fall, which they continued to do right through the game. An early strike from Ryan Marklew in the first minute brought a diving stop from keeper Jenkins. This scare galvanised the home side who pushed Fleet back and peppered the goal for several minutes, until Alfie Touceda was able to find the net and put Aylesbury ahead. Fleet then carved out a couple of chances for themselves but the run of the ball on a pitch suffering from a heavy wet winter did neither side any favours, despite this Fleet won themselves a couple of quick corners, then when the chance fell to Billy Oram he was unable to keep the shot on target and the ball passed harmlessly wide of the post. After 35 minutes there was a long stoppage with an injury to Chris Dean, the club thanks Aylesbury’s physio Kim for all her help in his treatment at the ground before he left for hospital.

The second half  saw Fleet with more of the ball, getting into good positions but several times seemed reluctant to shoot when the opening first came, looking to get in closer and then lost the ball, after the introduction of Danilo Cadete during the half, Fleet stepped up the pace of the game and got closer and closer to scoring, Danilo himself having a fine chance from his own run down the wing, cuting in and shooting within a minute of coming on. Danilo and James Haworth were opening up the defence more and more, then under pressure a mistake from keeper Jenkins presented Bradley Wilson with an open goal and Bradley slid the ball home for a deserved equaliser inside the final ten minutes. Fleet could have even got more from the game, but Jenkins was able to get enough on a Matt Bunyan effort to palm the ball away. In added time Fleet backed off to make sure they held onto the point but almost lost it at the death when Beach went to clear the ball struck an inrushing Aylesbury player but bounced just wide of the post, so the game finished in a draw.

Fleet Town : 1 Liam Beach, 2 Billy Stratford, 3 Chris Dean, 4 Chris Musgrove, 5 Chris Wales, 6 Ashley Lloyd, 7 Ryan Marklew, 8 Billy Oram, 9 Greame Purdy, 10 Toyosi Olusanya, 11 Bradley Wilson.

Subs : 12 Danilo Cadete (on for Olusanya 74 mins), 14 James Haworth (on for Dean 35 mins), 15 Matt Bunyan (on for Oram 60 mins)

not used 16 Liam Flanighan, 17 Dquame Copeland.